No broadcast show has won the top drama prize since 2006, when “24” won the Emmy. The last three years have belonged to cable, first with the final season of “The Sopranos” in 2007 and then with “Mad Men” for the past two years.
“Mad Men” is nominated again this year, but it may not even be the first choice from its own network: Fellow AMC series “Breaking Bad” had an outstanding third season in the spring, and it has a fairly decent shot at taking the prize despite its rather dark subject matter.
“True Blood” also broke through with its first nomination in the category, but it might be a little too risque for some in the TV academy. Ditto for “Dexter,” which scored its third straight nomination this year but has yet to score any wins in the marquee categories featured in the Primetime Emmy broadcast. (John Lithgow did pick up an Emmy for outstanding guest actor in a drama at last weekend’s Creative Arts awards.)
So, we ask you in our final Emmy poll: Which of those six shows should win for best drama? Will a cable show keep the string alive, or can broadcast break through again? Vote below and share your thoughts in the comments.
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